SOCENT Week 2014

As part of Social Enterprise Week 2014 and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7th, Dubai participated in the global marathon screening of the film, Girl Rising, in association with Intel.

Young, female entrepreneurs from 24 different cities across the globe, whom are associated with or have started an organization working with women hosted and screened the film. The objective of this exciting global initiative is to spread awareness on issues of women’s empowerment and the importance of educating girls. The screenings were not limited to women only. All young entrepreneurs were encouraged to attend and participate in the live discussions following the film.

Intel Executives

From L to R: Nassir Nauthoa, US Consular General Rob Waller, Mazen Farraj

The Movie

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries. Each girl had her story written by a writer from her country and voiced by renowned Hollywood actors. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers and show courage in some way. Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Girl Rising is a ground-breaking film that has already been seen by millions. It’s also a movement for girls education that you can be proud to support.

The movie Girl Rising was produced by Kayce FreedTom Yellin and Holly Gordon at The Documentary Group in partnership with Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen of Vulcan Productions. It was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and features narration by Anne HathawayCate BlanchettSelena Gomez,Liam NeesonPriyanka ChopraChloë Grace MoretzFreida PintoSalma HayekMeryl StreepAlicia Keys and Kerry Washington. Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, is an executive producer, while Intel is a funder.

Dubai Screening
The screenings took place over 12 hours, making it a marathon of screenings and discussions happening in different parts of the world. There were discussions before and after screening, which were live streamed through Google Plus Hangouts on Air. The organizer and country host for the Dubai screening was Miss Moss. [Click here to watch the Dubai post screening discussion.] In Dubai, the post screening discussion was largely based on how individuals can play a part to spread awareness and make an impact on the lives of girls across the world. The first question asked by the hostess was, “how did the film make you feel?”. The room was split between feelings of guilt, hope and inspiration. Shabana Basij-Rasikh from School of Leadership Afghanistan, brought with her three students that we had the pleasure of hearing from. One of the girls recited a poem expressing her gratitude for school and this chance to break through boundaries while the other noted that she was the first girl in her family to receive an education.

The Nord Anglia International School Dubai was a key sponsor of the event. It’s principal, Mr. Michael Embley, spoke during the Google Hangout chat. He noted that men have a responsibility to support girls as they pursue education and move towards accomplishing their goals in life. All attendees were given a pledge card to fill out. The pledge was each person’s personal declaration to help girls continue to rise. The pledge cards are proudly displayed on the the corridor wall at Impact Hub Dubai.Other sponsors include Impact Hub Dubai, Girls in Tech Dubai, Social Enterprise Week 2014, Ethical Muse, Rock Camp for Girls UAE and Diggity.

PledgeCard